Oscar Movies: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

In 2000, another foreign-language film landed a spot in the Best Picture race: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” by Ang Lee.

The thrilling fight sequences in this superbly mounted historical- romantic saga elicited heartfelt applause from audiences since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won Golden Globes for Best Foreign Film and for director Ang Lee, and was deemed best movie of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

The film set a new box-office record for foreign-language films in the United Sates with its impressive gross of $130 million.

In February, it garnered ten Oscar nominations–the second most-nominated film of the year after “Gladiator.” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won four Oscars, matching Bergman's “Fanny and Alexander,” the previous Oscar record-holder for foreign-language films.

Oscar Nominations: 10

Picture, produced by Bill Kong, Hsu Li Kong, and Ang Lee
Foreign Language Film (Taiwan)
Director: Ang Lee
Screenplay (Adapted): Wang Hui Ling, James Schamus, Tsai Kuo Jung
Cinematography: Peter Pau
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Tim Yip
Film Editing: Tim Squyres
Costume Design: Tim Yip
Original Score: Tan Dun
Original Song: “A Love Before Tim,” music by Jorge Calanrelli and Tan Dun, lyrics by James Schamus

Oscar Awards: 4

Foreign Language
Cinematography
Art Design
Original Score

Oscar Context

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” competed for the Best Picture with Ridley Scott's historical epic “Gladiator,” which won, two Soderbergh's films, “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic,” and the schmaltzy romantic drama “Chocolat,” which was the weakest, artistically.